Richard Neal Gramling, Sr.

Richard Neal Gramling, Sr., 93, formerly of Tecumseh, Mich. died on Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, 2022 at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio with his family by his side.

Born on June 7, 1929 in Johnstown, Penn. he was the oldest child of Robert and Ada (Hoffman) Gramling. Richard graduated from high school and went on to work at Bethlehem Steel Company in Johnstown, Penn.  He served his country in the United States Army from 1951-53 and was stationed in Germany.  

On September 15, 1951 Richard married his sweetheart, Hazel Jean Peel, and they shared 58 years of raising a family and creating wonderful memories together before her death on November 19, 2009.

After the military, Richard went to work for IBM in 1956 as a customer engineer, retiring in 1992 after 36 years. His strong mind was a good fit for fixing computers and problem solving. He enjoyed reading, growing tomatoes and working in his wood shop. Family was everything to Richard, and he always made time to spend with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Richard (Becky) Gramling, Jr., Mark (Linda) Gramling, Beth (Greg) Rollet and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Gramling; grandchildren, Jami Perry, Shelby (Jason) Dria, Aaron (Amanda) Gramling, Garrett (Michelle) Gramling, Lee (Lauren) Gramling, Mitchell Gramling, Amber (Bud) Birchfield, Hunter Rollet and Chase Rollet; great-grandchildren, Coy, Colt, Carly, Lexi, Brennan, Millie, Faye, Dax, Annabelle, Parker, Ashlynn and Teagan; and great-grand dogs, Farley and Luna. Richard was preceded in death by his wife; son, David Gramling; and sister, Zelma Webb.

Following Richard’s wishes, cremation will take place with a private burial at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian where online condolences and memories may be shared at


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